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CSR Draft Rules Strict on Charitable Trusts

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has released the Draft Companies (CSR Policy) Amendment Rules, 2020 proposing amendments to CSR policy rules of the Companies Act, for public comments. Among other things, the new CSR draft rules will clamp down on trusts and foundations to avoid misuse of CSR funds. In the past, charitable trusts...

NGOs Fighting Covid-19 in India

There is a spike in cases of COVID-19 in India. Daily wage earners with marginal savings have temporarily lost their jobs and are unable to access food and essential items to sustain themselves. Evidence shows that adults aged 60 years and older or those with chronic medical conditions seem to be at highest risk...

CSR: Bajaj Group Pledges 100 Crores for COVID-19 Efforts

Mr. Rahul Bajaj, a member of Parliament and Chairman of the conglomerate Bajaj Group, has released a statement that the group is committing a whopping 100 crore rupees in the fight against COVID-19. Saluting the healthcare, sanitation and emergency support workers and local police who are working hard in these tough times, the industrialist said...

India under lockdown for 21 days

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a pan India lockdown for 21 days in order to stop the spread of coronavirus. He addressed the nation through a live telecast speech last night. The restrictions came into effect from midnight. He added: "To save India, to save its every citizen, you, your family... every street,...

Citizen Social Responsibility for Coronavirus in India

With a population of 1.3 billion people, India is the second most populous country. Yet, compared to the population size and density, the COVID-19 infection rate is relatively low. It will stay that way if there's citizen social responsibility for Coronavirus. As I write this, the tally of Coronavirus positive cases in India stands...

Viral test for Coronavirus in India: 5 Wrong Beliefs

As the novel Coronavirus continues to spread in India and across the globe, there is mass confusion over how to protect yourself from the pandemic. While it may be tempting to believe the Whatsapp messages forwarded by friends of friends supposedly from a medical source, it's better to look to trusted sources like the...

Providing shared infrastructure and tech to government

Providing shared infrastructure and technology to the Indian government is one of the ways corporates are lending a hand in nation building. One such case is eGovernments (eGov) Foundation, which was established by Nandan Nilekani and Srikanth Nadhamuni to solve hard-to-crack urban challenges. Using technology and collaborative solutions, eGov Foundation empowers the urban ecosystem...
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Highlights of Women’s Day in India

The celebration of International Women's Day in India spanned every corporate and cultural hotspot, with curated dance performances, stage shows and talks throwing light on the 2020 theme #Eachforequal. There are too many events to cover in detail, so The CSR Journal is presenting a gist of the ones that caught our attention. Women's Day...

World Energy Efficiency Day Could Make You Richer

March 5th was World Energy Efficiency Day 2020. Of course, many of you may have never heard of it. However, this day has been observed across the world since 1998 and, as our fuel sources continue to deplete, the relevance of World Energy Efficiency Day increases year on year. Besides, energy efficiency is an...
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Tech Reskilling in India a necessity

While skill development gets a major chunk of CSR funding, reskilling in India isn't a priority. Even with the third-largest developer base and a substantial tech-savvy talent pool, India lags behind its peers on major AI indicators. This is despite a thriving startup ecosystem, high-growth companies which have made a substantial investment in setting...

CSR: Free Surgeries by Cadila Pharma and Kaka-Ba Hospital

As a part of its responsibility towards the society, Kaka-Ba Hospital, a CSR initiative of Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd., conducted free eye surgery for approximately 20 residents of Bhat and Trasad villages in Hansot, Bharuch. The free surgeries followed free health camps in the same villages where consultations and medicines were provided free of cost to...

World Wildlife Day 2020: The Ultimate Guide

Today, we celebrate World Wildlife Day, which has become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife! What is World Wildlife Day? On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild...

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